Boys soccer team defeats English, 1-0
The Everett High boys soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over Lynn English last week to keep alive their hopes for qualifying for the post-season state soccer tournament.
Senior Bryan Hernandez scored the winning goal in the 65th minute, assisted by junior Juan Mesa. The winning play developed when the Crimson Tide won the ball at midfield, with Mesa breaking out toward the English goal. After beating an English defenseman, Juan then sent a through-ball at the top of the box to Hernandez.
Bryan in turn made a nice move past an English defender and then beat the enemy keeper with a well-placed shot into the back of the English net.
Everett keeper Michael Accilien and the Crimson Tide defense made the one-goal edge stand up for the remaining 15 minutes for the victory.
“We played well,” said EHS head coach Oswaldo Constanza, who lauded the performances of defenders Thiago Almeida and Victor Tomas. Constanza also praised the efforts of sophomore midfielders Andres Sosa and Arthur Tedesco for their nice passing in the midfield.
The victory brings the Crimson Tide’s record to 3-7-2, which gives them a fighting chance at qualifying for the state tourney. Everett needs 18 points to qualify for the tourney, which means they need to get 10 points out of a possible 12 in their remaining six games.
Constanza and his crew were set to embark on their quest yesterday (Tuesday) against Gloucester. They will play at Lynn Classical tomorrow (Thursday) and will host Beverly at Everett Stadium Saturday afternoon at noontime. The Tide will entertain St. John’s Prep Tuesday evening at 7:00.
EHS volleyball team improves to 8-6
The Everett High volleyball team moved one step closer to qualifying for a state tourney berth with a 3-0 victory over Triton last Tuesday.
The Lady Crimson Tide’s combination of serving and hitting helped them jump out to an 8-1 lead in the first set. Sophomore Bianca May opened the game with three aces and six service points, then added four more aces in five points to extend the lead to 21-11. Senior co-captain Isabella Lyles had four kills and a block as Everett cruised to a 25-15 win.
Senior captain Yasmeen Guerrier had two kills and assisted on four more in the second set, which Everett won 25-21. “We let up a little bit after the first set,” said Fineran. “We actually trailed for most of the set, but we never gave up and kept fighting.”
Senior ChrystelFortunat took over the serve with Everett down 20-17 and delivered three aces in a row to tie the score. May took over serving with Everett leading 22-21 and nailed the last three points to take the set.
Bianca opened the third set with five aces and six points, and juniors JanekaVilmont and Kayla Gomes each tallied kills as Everett opened a 12-4 lead. Lyles added three kills and an ace, and senior Stephanie Ariste aced the final serve of the match, giving Everett the win, 25-16.
“That was a total team win,” said Fineran. “Everyone chipped in, and it was good to see us put them away in three.”
Everett would face a more difficult task two days later against the third place Marblehead Lady Magicians. The first set was a back-and-forth affair, with 10 ties and six lead changes. Ariste had three kills, Lyles had two, and Vilmont and Guerrier had one each.
Gomes had three serves in a row to put Everett ahead 17-15, and Fortunat served to tie the game at 20-20, but Marblehead took the set, 25-22.
“We were in it until the end, but we made too many mistakes,” said Fineran. “We lost by three points, but we gave them five points by hitting serves long or into the net. We can’t make mistakes like that against good teams and expect to win.”
The second set started off in more promising fashion, with Everett jumping out to a 5-2 lead. Lyles had four kills and an ace, but Marblehead’s hitters gave the visitors a 15-13 edge. That’s as close as Everett would get, as mistakes in the passing game extended the deficit to 22-14 and a 25-17 loss in set two.
Those mistakes popped up earlier in the third set, as a 4-3 game became 12-4 and 16-6. “We had trouble adjusting to their servers,” said Fineran, “and we did not handle the adversity very well.” Junior DaiehneyVaz served four in a row to close the gap to 20-14, but Everett had little left in the tank, falling 25-15 to end the match.
Everett traveled to Beverly this past Monday and will go to Triton today (Wednesday) before hosting Somerville on Friday and Pope John on Monday, October 23.
The regular season closes with back-to-back games against Medford and at Danvers. “We can clinch the postseason this week. We know we can do it, but it won’t be easy,” said Fineran, whose squad stands at 8-6 and needs two more wins out of the final six games to achieve the necessary .500 record. “We control our own destiny, and we’re in good position to get what we want. If we play like we can, we’ll be playing in November. That’s the goal.”